Swine Veterinarian Weighs-In On PRRS, Biosecurity Efforts by Pork Industry

The 33rd World Pork Expo is underway for the first time since 2018, and event planners have worked diligently to make sure the event is as biosecure as possible.

On Wednesday, AgriTalk host Chip Flory asked swine veterinarian, Brandi Burton, DVM, Suidae Health and Production, Algona, Iowa, to rate the pork industry on its success and progress in addressing biosecurity concerns, disease issues and technology use. Here are four questions Burton addressed during the discussion.

What’s the status on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)?
“At least in the Midwest, where I practice, PRRS is really a struggle right now,” Burton reports. “There’s a strain out there that just seems to break all biosecurity measures that we’ve put in place, and it’s just making its way around. So we’re doing our best to handle it, but this season right now is kind of atypical for the industry.”